Mary Immaculate College selected to provide new innovative postgraduate programme

first_imgLimerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEducationMary Immaculate College selected to provide new innovative postgraduate programmeBy Staff Reporter – April 3, 2018 3039 Twitter Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day MIC Societies scoop four Board of Irish College Societies national awards Limerick Post Show | Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste Facebook Emailcenter_img Previous articleRecord number of volunteers take part in forth installment of Team Limerick Clean- UpNext articleOn the wings of Madama Butterfly Staff Reporter Print Linkedin TAGSDr. Angela CannyDr. TJ Ó CeallaighGaeltachtMary Immaculate CollegeMinister for Education Richard BrutonProfessor Eugene Wall Advertisement New Report from MIC Reveals the Reality of Human Trafficking in Ireland WhatsApp (L-R) Acting Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College, Dr Angela Canny; Dr Treasa Kirk, Gaeltacht Education Unit, Department of Education and Skills; Minister of Education and Skills, Richard Bruton; David O’Sullivan, Director of Sourcing, Office of Government Procurement and Dr TJ Ó Ceallaigh, Programme Director of the new M. Oid. san Oideachas Lán-Ghaeilge agus GaeltachtaPicture Colm Mahady Minister of Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., announced that Mary Immaculate College has been selected to provide a new, innovative, cross-sectoral, blended learning postgraduate programme in Irish-medium education – M Ed in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht Education.The tender awarded to Mary Immaculate College, through public procurement competition,secures an investment of €2,100,000 from the Department of Education and Skills over fiveyears to provide the part-time two-year postgraduate programme.The announcement fulfils a key commitment in the Policy on Gaeltacht Education, whichwas launched by the Minister in 2016 and is the first Gaeltacht specific education policy inthe history of the state. The new places are an important measure to ensure Irish-mediumschools have an adequate supply of Irish-medium teachers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Eugene Wall, President (Acting) of Mary Immaculate College said “Despitethe diverse and dynamic nature of immersion programmes, there is a significant dearth ofresearch on a wide variety of topics relating to teacher development in immersion education.Now more than ever, emphasis needs to be placed on research and on teacher educationand continuous professional development to reflect on and investigate the merits and challenges of Irish-medium immersion education in and outside Gaeltacht areas. MaryImmaculate College is delighted to lead innovation in continuing professional development inthis continuously evolving sector to support, enhance and enrich pedagogic competencies,leadership and research.”The programme to commence in September 2018, will be delivered through acomplementary blend of rich and varied onsite and online quality learning opportunitiesdesigned to enhance participant learning outcomes. At the launch, the ProgrammeDirector, Dr TJ Ó Ceallaigh indicated that teacher preparation and professionaldevelopment are critical steps in the evolution of effective language immersion education inIreland.Speaking at the event, he said: “Over the years, many studies have identifiedchallenges to the successful implementation of Irish-medium and Gaeltacht education.Designing, implementing and refining Irish-medium and Gaeltacht education whichsuccessfully promotes additive bilingualism, biliteracy, multicultural competence andacademic achievement requires considerable effort and support. Committed educators areprofessionally charged to work systematically to engage all stakeholders in creative ways.This responsibility needs to be underpinned by a strong knowledge base. This programmewill equip participants with those essential understandings, skills and strategies needed toadvance scholarly teaching, leadership and research in the field.”The Acting Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College, Dr Angela Canny, said “This cross-sectoral programme will provide participants with a clear sense of the contextualrealities and the challenges in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht education and enable them toexplore, analyse and critique same in a quest to enhance quality provision”.Dr Canny paid a special tribute to Dr TJ Ó Ceallaigh for his leadership and coordination ofthe successful bid. The postgraduate programme, M. Ed. in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht Education, a programme geared at the specific needs of primary and post primary teachers including principals working in the Irish-medium sector will commence in the college in September 2018.Registration is now open.More about education here.last_img read more

Vital equipment stolen from Donegal fire service while attending crash

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – June 25, 2019 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vital equipment stolen from Donegal fire service while attending crash WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Facebookcenter_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleMan sustains serious head injuries during assault in MilfordNext articleBook of condolence opens in memory of Cllr Manus Kelly News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic An investigation has been launched after lifesaving equipment was stolen from the Donegal fire service while they were attending the scene of a road traffic crash. Emergency services responded to the two vehicle collision at Burt in the early hours of yesterday morning and while they were attending the scene, a vital portable light, used to alert oncoming traffic, was stolen.Anyone with information is being urged to contact Buncrana Garda Station.Garda Grainne Doherty says it defies belief that someone could carry out such an act:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Dave Matthews Keeps The Bust-Out Streak Alive With First ‘The Idea Of You’ In 100+ Shows [Watch]

first_imgDave Matthews Band is now six shows into their summer tour, and, so far, each concert has featured a song busted out for the first time in over one hundred shows. The tour unofficially began with a 25th anniversary show in the band’s hometown of Charlottesville, VA, where they played three new songs and busted out “The Last Stop” for the first time since 2010. Within each subsequent show, “Shotgun,” “Dreamgirl,” “Dive In,” and “Break Free” were all brought out from hiding, adding an aura of mystery to any given performance. What will they bust out next?Last night, the group settled in to the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, AR, opening up their show with “Seek Up” before playing the new song “Bismarck.” The bust out of the night was “The Idea Of You,” which had been shelved since 8/24/14 (104 shows). The song first appeared around 2006, and was in heavy rotation from 06-08, only to be performed intermittently ever since.The full show featured some great classics as well, including the “Jimi Thing” paired with a partial cover of Prince’s “Sexy MF,” and an encore that featured “Dive In” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.”Watch a number of highlights from the show, including “The Idea Of You,” courtesy of Chad Jones’ playlist below.DMB resumes their tour tomorrow, May 20th, in Cincinnati, OH. You can see the full setlist from last night, below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlistslast_img read more

App alerts students to discounts

first_imgStudents will receive reminders to visit local businesses that offer discounts by downloading Vidappe, a mobile application that connects users with 41 discounts in the South Bend area. Star Li, a 2010 graduate of Cornell University, and a friend developed the free application for the iPhone and Android to remind people when they are near businesses that offer special deals. “It’s kind of like having a service following you around reminding you to do stuff,” Li said. “You would start getting alerts for all 41. Within the settings, you can choose what type of alerts you get. If you don’t want to get alerts for restaurants, you can turn that off.” Users subscribe to receive alerts for a specific program of discounts, Li said. They then indicate whether they are walking or driving, and Vidappe alerts users when they approach businesses in the program. Students can redeem discounts with their Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s identification cards. “It’s definitely quite different from a lot of apps out there that you download and forget about immediately,” she said. “The app is always on and if it notices that you’re getting close to something, it sends you an alert. You yourself will never actually have to think about anything.” Vidappe works in conjunction with Students for South Bend, a student government initiative that organizes local discounts for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross students, student body vice president Brett Rocheleau said. The Student Activities Office (SAO) will decide within the next week whether to support Vidappe, Rocheleau said. If SAO approves the application, student government will promote it. “We’ll have it at COR [Council of Representatives], we’ll have it at [Student] Senate, we’ll maybe go to HPC [Hall Presidents Council],” he said. Rocheleau also said student government might utilize the off-campus e-mail listserv to reach students that are most likely to use Vidappe. Vidappe users can subscribe to the University College Discounts program, which offers approximately 20 additional discounts, Li said. “It sort of aggregates all programs available to college students nationwide,” Li said. “Because there are over 170 programs, you can literally subscribe to any program that applies to you.” Li released the iPhone application in June and the Android version in August, she said. There are currently six users participating in Vidappe’s Students for South Bend program. “I think that was actually a really bad time because all the students were out for the summer, so even though [Vidappe] has been out for a while, we haven’t been able to get a hold of anyone,” Li said. “It’s popular in odd pockets of the U.S. right now, but I’m definitely trying to expand it.” Li developed the application after she noticed that many people forget which businesses offer discounts. “It’s kind of like, ‘I’ll check out the discounts online and remind myself to use my student ID to save at Indulgence, but I’ll probably forget about this five minutes later,’” Li said. “‘On the other hand, Vidappe will remind me to save at Indulgence when I’m a block away, and because I’m so physically close by already, I’m much more likely to go in and check it out.’” Rocheleau downloaded the application on an iPhone and an Android approximately a month ago. “The app has been very successful, especially on my phone,” he said. “There’ve been two or three different upgrades so far.” Rocheleau said in the past, discounts through the Students for South Bend Program were only listed on paper and on the student government website, so many students did not know about them. “The app is a nice way for our discounts to be promoted and for students not to have to carry around papers and remember what that discount is,” he said. Feedback about Vidappe has been positive so far, Li said. “I think the response I’ve been getting most is people saying, ‘I had no idea that restaurant offered a discount. I used to go there all the time and I had no idea,’” Li said. “In a lot of cases, it was people being really surprised they had stuff around town.”last_img read more

Vermonters pay relatively low car repair costs

first_img11.Utah$373.50 1.Arizona$421.49 25.Kansas$350.86 New Mexico$406.81  (14% higher than U.S. avg.)$240.59  (13% higher than U.S. avg.)$166.22  (16% higher than U.S. avg.) 16.Connecticut$366.79 California$394.49  (11% higher than U.S. avg.)$227.39  (7% higher than U.S. avg.)$172.30  (20% higher than U.S. avg.) 48.Wisconsin$298.76 CarMD ranking of states/districts with the lowest car repair costs in 2010: StateAverage Cost  (Parts & Labor)Average  Parts CostAverage  Labor Cost D.C. $265.29  (25% lower than U.S. avg.)$163.09  (23% lower than U.S. avg.)$102.20  (29% lower than U.S. avg.) Missouri $297.27  (17% lower than U.S. avg.)$160.76  (24% lower than U.S. avg.)$136.51  (5% lower than U.S. avg.) 24.Kentucky$350.86 37.South Carolina$336.97 Colorado$397.83  (12% higher than U.S. avg.)$244.91  (15% higher than U.S. avg.)$152.92  (6% higher than U.S. avg.) 43.New Hampshire$318.14 12.New York$370.98 32.Delaware$343.62 14.Idaho$368.17 36.Vermont$337.88 4.California$394.49 22.Florida$352.98 6.Washington$386.62 7.Hawaii$385.54 RankingStateAverage Car Repair Costs (Parts & Labor) 23.Iowa$352.98 17.Oregon$364.79 Other key findings:Six of the 10 states with the lowest car repair costs are from the Midwest, including Nebraska,Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana and Minnesota.The states with lower repair costs had more gas cap-related problems. A loose gas cap, which is one of the most common causes for check engine problems, accounted for nearly 12% of repairs in D.C. and 11% in Ohio. Loose, damaged or missing gas caps are an inexpensive fix but cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate annually.More than 12% of the repairs in D.C. were made at zero cost in terms of parts and labor charges, likely because of a higher number of vehicles that are new or under manufacturer’s warranty.Several states with lower repair costs had a substantial number of repairs that did not require any parts at all, including Missouri (26%) and Wisconsin (21%). Some of these repairs were made under warranty at no charge, while others were “check engine” light issues that could be fixed with a simple adjustment such as “tighten gas cap,” “adjust idle,” “remove aftermarket alarm” and “clean throttle body.”Drivers in Alaska paid the most ($268.22) for oxygen sensor replacement, which was the no. 1 most common repair in the country in 2010. O2 sensors monitor the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust and tell a car’s computer how much fuel to inject for proper operation. If a faulty O2 sensor is not repaired, the car’s fuel economy will dramatically drop. The average cost to replace an O2 sensor is $238.71, including parts and labor, but can lead to as much as a 40% reduction in gas mileage.The CarMD State-by-State ranking of average repair costs was derived from analysis of roughly 80,000 repairs made from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010 by CarMD’s network of Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians.  The Census Regions and Divisions of the U.S. map was used for regional data calculations.  The repairs are all related to a vehicle’s “check engine” system, which is designed to alert drivers to large and small problems that affect emissions output and drivability. This technology is standard on all vehicles manufactured since 1996 and covers an estimated 80% of systems on cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans ‘ foreign and domestic. The CarMD database and average cost of repair findings does not include repairs of problems that are not associated with a vehicle’s on-board diagnostic computer such as tires, brakes and mechanical parts such as belts and hoses.About CarMDThe mission of Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Corporation is to empower consumers and the vehicle market by providing the tools and information needed to make better-educated decisions about their vehicles’ health and maintenance. An ISO 9001:2008-certified company, CarMD’s premiere product is the CarMD® Vehicle Health Systemâ ¢. The company has also built the largest, most up-to-date database of diagnostic trouble codes; expert fixes and repair costs, which it uses to compile the annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Indexâ ¢. For more information about common car repair problems and costs, visit, visit is external). For information about the company, its products and other consumer tips, is external).(Attached is a complete ranking of U.S. states in order of most to least expensive car repair costs in 2010)Average “Check Engine” Light Car Repair Costs ‘ 2010  (Source: Corp.) 39.Arkansas$334.35 35.Virginia$337.88 50.Missouri$297.27 15.Massachusetts$367.07 31.Maine$344.68 29.Texas$347.25 13.Alabama$368.85 In 2010, drivers in Arizona paid the most in the nation for car repairs at an average cost of $421.49, according to Corporation, which analyzed roughly 80,000 repairs made on vehicles with “check engine” light problems in 2010. Vermont ranked 33rd.Arizona’s no. 1 ranking is 18% more than the U.S. average for overall costs and 23% more for parts. Drivers in theDistrict of Columbia, which is one of the wealthiest areas in the country (according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau), paid the least at $265.29 per transaction. CarMD also found that drivers in New Jersey pay closest to the national average for car repair costs at $357.32, just a dollar more than the U.S. average. According to the first annual CarMD® Vehicle Health Indexâ ¢, the average cost of U.S. “check engine”-related auto repairs in 2010 was $356.04, including $212.44 in parts and $143.61 in labor costs.”Through comprehensive data collected via CarMD’s nationwide network of Automotive Service Excellence-certified technicians, we are able to provide national and state-by-state transparency into vehicle repair costs,” said Art Jacobsen, vice president, Corporation. “We are releasing this data to empower consumers and technicians with a better understanding of common repairs and costs, and to call attention to the fact that, regardless of region, drivers who follow a regularly scheduled maintenance program and address small problems early tend to have reduced fuel bills and repair costs.  That said, if you live in a state with harsh weather conditions such as Arizona’s heat or North Dakota’s cold, it’s imperative to take care of your car to avoid catastrophic vehicle failures.”Several interesting highlights emerge when comparing costs and ranking repairs for each state. WhileArizona’s no. 1 ranking can be attributed to warm, dry weather, which wreaks havoc on the longevity of a car’s parts, it is surprising to see Arizona’s average parts costs at 23% higher, and California’s labor costs 20% higher than the U.S. average. Western states round out the top five most expensive spots, with only three non-western states listed in the top 10, including North Dakota at no. 8, Rhode Island at no. 9 andSouth Dakota at no. 10. Drivers in the western U.S. paid about 13% more than drivers in the Midwest, 11% more than drivers in the Southeast and 5% more than those in the Northeast for repairs. Labor costs in the West tend to be higher due to dry air, build up and dust, such as clogged mass airflow sensor, which occurs more frequently and increases costs. Milder temperatures in Western states also allows for more year-round driving, which leads to added wear and tear.The following is the ranking of the top 5 states with the highest car repair costs in 2010, according to CarMD:center_img 21.New Jersey$357.32 Ohio $298.49  (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$175.24  (18% lower than U.S. avg.)$123.26  (14% lower than U.S. avg.) 38.Oklahoma$335.49 10.South Dakota$374.61 26.North Carolina$349.34 Wisconsin $298.76  (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$170.88  (20% lower than U.S. avg.)$127.88  (11% lower than U.S. avg.) 41.Montana$325.56 StateAverage Cost  (Parts & Labor)Average  Parts CostAverage  Labor Cost 28.Louisiana$347.46 42.Minnesota$318.54 20.Maryland$358.45 18.Pennsylvania$362.90 19.Illinois$361.56 Nevada$393.96  (11% higher than U.S. avg.)$227.08  (7% higher than U.S. avg.)$166.89  (16% higher than U.S. avg.) 40.Wyoming$330.88 2.New Mexico$406.81 3.Colorado$397.83 47.Nebraska$301.79 5.Nevada$393.96 44.Indiana$317.33 Arizona$421.49  (18% higher than U.S. avg.)$260.29  (23% higher than U.S. avg.)$161.20  (12% higher than U.S. avg.) 27.Michigan$348.03 9.Rhode Island$384.24 8.North Dakota$384.67 34.Georgia$338.31 45.Tennessee$316.64 Nebraska $301.79  (15% lower than U.S. avg.)$179.00  (16% lower than U.S. avg.)$122.79  (14% lower than U.S. avg.) 46.Mississippi$315.43 49.Ohio$298.49 33.Alaska$339.06 30.West Virginia$345.00 51.District of Columbia$265.29 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

UPL Actions

first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court recently issued seven court orders permanently prohibiting 15 persons and/or corporations from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law.The following entities are prohibited from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law: Robbin Slaton, Tampa, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a May 5 court order. Slaton allegedly provided legal assistance to others in family law matters and held herself out to the public as being able to provide specific legal services. (Case no. SC02-944) Isaac Pineiro, a/k/a Isaiah Pineiro, individually and d/b/a Tax & Legal Services, Miami, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a May 20 court order. Pineiro allegedly held himself out as an attorney and provided legal assistance in immigration matters. (Case no. SC02-2715) Alan S. Tifford, individually and d/b/a Attorneys’ Title Services, Inc. of Dade County, Ft. Lauderdale, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a May 22 court order based on a stipulated injunction. Tifford allegedly held himself out as an attorney and represented individuals in real estate and corporate matters. (Case no. SC02-2116) Leon McClung, Donna Esposito, Tony Pena, individually and d/b/a Federated Mortgage Arbitration Group, Ft. Lauderdale, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a May 22 court order based on a stipulated injunction. It was alleged that respondents provided legal assistance to individuals who were defendants in mortgage foreclosure lawsuits. (Case no. SC01-2612) Donna Ades, Delray Beach, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a June 12 court order based on a stipulated injunction. Ades allegedly held herself out as an attorney and provided legal assistance in a family law and bankruptcy matter. (Case no. SC03-829) Fernando Pettineroli, individually and Miami Consulting, LLC, Miami, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following an August 21 court order based on a stipulated injunction. Pettineroli allegedly held himself out as an attorney and as able to assist in immigration matters. (Case no. SC03-1080) Hispanic American Alliance, Yolanda Beltran-Halstead, and Lee Halstead, Aventura, permanently enjoined from engaging in the unlicensed practice of law following a September 11 court order based on a stipulated injunction. Respondents allegedly provided personal legal assistance in immigration matters. (Case no. SC03-939) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. UPL Actions January 15, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img UPL Actionslast_img read more

Cruisers brought 208 thousand tourists in the first half of the year

first_imgIn the period from January to May 2018, 40 foreign cruise ships sailed into Croatian seaports, making 145 cruises. There were 208 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 308 days.The largest number of trips was made by ships under the flag of Malta (31 voyages) and Italy (30 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (69 thousand passengers) and Panama (61 thousand passengers).Out of a total of 145 round trips, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (57,2%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (20,7%), which is a total of 77,9%. The remaining 22,1% of trips were made in the following counties: Istria (8,3%), Zadar (7,6%), Šibenik-Knin (4,8%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar (1,4%).Source: CBSThe most visited was the port of Dubrovnik, followed by the ports of Split and Zadar The port of Dubrovnik (112 visits) had the most visits of foreign cruise ships, followed by the ports of Split (62 visits) and Zadar (29 visits).Fewer trips and days of stay of foreign cruise ships, and more passengersIn the period from January to May 2018, the number of trips of foreign ships for cruises decreased by 3,3%, and the total number of days of stay of ships in the same period decreased by 11,2%. In the mentioned period, the number of passengers on these ships increased by 17,0% compared to the same period in 2017.Related news: IN THE PRE-SEASON, MOST ARRIVALS FROM GERMANY, AUSTRIA AND SLOVENIAlast_img read more

Secure entrances to protect students

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionArmed teachers or even an armed security guard at the door of a school will not stop a deranged gunman. In the recent case, the expelled student would have known who and where the armed guard was stationed and that person would have been his first victim.Double entrance doors, with a screening area between the doors, works well at many schools.It’s even used at high-end jewelry stores.Louis BachScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Unlocking the gate

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A Jewish president? Sanders, Bloomberg vie to bust US barrier

first_imgWhite House hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg could hardly be more different in their politics, but in one striking way they share a similarity marking a milestone in US presidential campaigning: both men are Jewish.Should Senator Sanders, the progressive torchbearer and current Democratic frontrunner, or centrist billionaire Bloomberg, who is polling in third, win the nomination and then the election against incumbent Donald Trump, America would have the first Jewish president in its history.The contest may have reached a peak Jewish cultural moment at a recent Democratic debate when Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78-year-olds either born or living in New York, compared their heart health on stage. There is little love lost between them, as evidenced in January when Bloomberg sand-bagged his fellow member of the tribe during an address at a Miami synagogue.”I know I’m not the only Jewish candidate running for president,” the media tycoon said, between quoting Leviticus and jokes about Wolfie’s deli.”But I am the only one who doesn’t want to turn America into a kibbutz.”The rise of Sanders has sparked a debate about whether values embraced by Jews, like social justice, are best achieved through policies including universal health care, or by unwavering defense of Israel.Sanders antagonized many in the community Sunday by announcing he was boycotting the upcoming annual meeting of AIPAC, Washington’s influential pro-Israel lobby, because it provides a platform for “bigotry.”Sanders has repeatedly insisted he supports Israel but opposes policies that he says hurt Palestinians. In Tuesday’s debate he branded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “reactionary racist.”Sanders’s dominance in the race has been a point of pride for some Jews, but anxiety for others.”Sanders is a harder person to cheer for than what the centrist Jewish community fantasized would be the first time they had the chance to consider a Jewish candidate,” Kligfeld said. ‘Proud’ Jewish identity For several decades Jews have voted overwhelmingly Democratic.More than two-thirds of American Jews oppose Trump, despite his proclamations that he is Israel’s most ardent defender, according to pollster Gallup.But only 11 percent of Jewish voters support Sanders for president, while eight percent back Bloomberg, Pew Research Center polling from January shows.Kligfeld noted how much less of a focus their faith is compared to 20 years ago, when Democratic moderate Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, was the vice presidential nominee.Al Gore’s running mate stirred a spirited debate about Judaism and the White House, notably about how Lieberman could serve as vice president if he observed the Sabbath rule barring work from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.That Sanders and Bloomberg are less observant than Lieberman may have assuaged similar concerns.With Trump accused of stoking flames of a culture war, and amid a wave of anti-Semitic violence and other hatred, the success of Sanders and Bloomberg is notable.”It’s definitely significant (that) two very different politicians but both of Jewish heritage and proud of their Jewish identity can be in such a prominent national political position,” said Logan Bayroff, director of communications for J Street.The progressive pro-Israel group does not endorse candidates but has said it will support the Democratic nominee against Trump. Many policies of Sanders and other Democratic candidates “line up with our views and the views of the majority of American Jews,” Bayroff said.In his first presidential campaign, in 2016, Sanders largely avoided discussing his Jewishness.He has been more open about his identity this cycle. In December he used a blowtorch to light a Hanukkah menorah in Iowa, where he recalled how his father emigrated from Poland to flee anti-Semitic attacks.In November he wrote an essay in Jewish Currents magazine in which he said several relatives were “murdered by the Nazis.”Topics : And yet the fact that two Jews are in prominent positions in the 2020 race — 16 months after a white nationalist murdered 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue — has been met with muted celebration within the Jewish community, and a sense of detachment among the broader public, observed Rabbi Adam Kligfeld.”It’s amazing, stunning, surprising and odd how little is being made of that data point,” Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, told AFP.”Maybe that’s a good sign.”The two are also drawing concerns. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, while Bloomberg is a multi-billionaire accused of buying his way into the presidential race.last_img read more